Soon-to-be Automated Jobs you Should Avoid

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Soon-to-be Automated Jobs you Should Avoid

Let’s start talking about the robots that seem to be coming for you. What we are actually talking about are the robots that are coming for our jobs. It has been a mainstay assertion in the media these days.


So, do you drive a truck for a living or deal with insurance claims? Do you lay a few bricks, or are you a simple farmer? If it is yes to one of these questions, the soothsayers with their eyes on the tech may regard you as subjected to unemployment in the upcoming years.

You see, when McDonald’s workers complained about the low wages in the previous years, what the former CEO Ed Rensi responded was, “It’s cheaper to buy a single $35,000 robotic arm than to hire an inefficient employee who is making $15 per hour bagging French fries.”

Coincidently, he made this statement after returning from a restaurant industry show that exhibited robotic devices. It was where the robots were given a chance to demonstrate what they can do.

How near will the robot revolution come and which jobs are said to go first?

Number 10: Fast Food Restaurant Worker

What robotic power did Ed Rensi saw that was so impressive he felt human workers were not entitled to a pay raise? It could be a self-serve kiosk where only a machine is set to supplant the human touch when hearing, “Do you want fries with that?”

American burger restaurant Wendy has announced last 2016 that by the end of that year, it will only have self-serve kiosks in a thousand of its branches.

Fast-food chains such as McDonald’s and Carl’s Jr. have reportedly wanted to do the same. The head of the latter company stated that robots are always polite. They always tend to upsell in every order. The best part for any employer is that they never take a vacation or ever show up late.

Your job is not safe in the back, either. There was a burger bar in San Francisco that has a robotic burger-maker. It can prepare and cook your burger three times faster than any human hand. It was designed by a start-up company, Momentum Machines. The robot can make about 400 burgers per hour. They called the robot ‘Flippy’ that can grill those burgers and is later assigned to 50 branches of CaliBurger over the next few years.

Number 9: Taxi Driver

Elon Musk, Tesla Motor’s CEO, is so confident that machines are bound to take many jobs in time. He even says the only answer to job loss is a Universal Basic Income. This means everyone can be given enough money to live a decent life whether they’re working or not.

A few years back, Tesla started working on self-driving car technology. The same goes for other companies, such as Google, GM, Uber, Ford, and others. All companies seem to be trying to take over the ride-hailing market or self-driving taxi market.

Navigant Research has given rates on how far every company has gotten with its tech. It rated everyone’s tech from level one to four – with four as being entirely autonomous. In this case, Ford came out on top. However, the automaker doesn’t expect its fleet of self-driving cars to be ready until 2021.

Number 8: Bank Teller

In the future, people won’t much need to go into banks. The ATM is bound to become much more of a multi-tasker. According to a few reports, the ATM will be soon able to do such things as process loans and open accounts.

The CEO of Diebold, a software company, said the ATM of tomorrow would be able to do more or less 90% of the work of a simple teller. Whether it’s sad news or not, the end of the bank teller seems to be near.

A prominent bank like JPMorgan Chase even said that an ATM could accomplish about 60% of transactions that a bank teller performs. It will soon rise to 90% with the introduction of new ATMs.

Number 7: Data Analysis

Automation Anywhere, one of the world’s leading automation software companies, said it is all about the process of unleashing a 3 million strong robot workforce.

This software is usually used mainly for analyzing data. This could mean processing mortgages or other legal work that involve cognitive software that goes through thousands of document pages. Such cognitive technologies are also used by the Pentagon at present to analyze data and save thousands of hours with video drone footage taken over Iraq and Syria.

Going through heaps of data can be mundane work. It’s the perfect time when robots can lend a hand. Accenture, a financial services company, presented some good news and reported that it didn’t lay-off a single employee when robots replaced 17,000 of them. It just repositioned the employees in the company.

Number 6: Farming

Whether picking fruits or milking a cow, millions of farmers are bound to lose their job to a robot. F. Poulsen Engineering, a Danish company, has designed a machine that is a lettuce weeder. This job is, without a doubt, back-breaking work and can be dangerous due to chemicals.

When it comes to automated lettuce weeding, it saves humans from potential backaches and also achieves work around the clock. It goes at a faster speed than a human; thus, saving farmers money. Talking about lettuce, Spread is a vegetable factory in Japan that grows 10 million heads of lettuce a year. And guess what? Its workers are robots.

Goldman Sachs, agricultural robotics, predicts a $240 billion market over the next few years. Other examples include a UK project, Hands-Free Hectare. They also use an automated tractor to grow crops.

In the USA, Stensland Family Farms milks 170 cows with the help of robots. Drones are working in vineyards that can inspect vines from afar. Another machine, Wall-YE, can prune the vine every five seconds after a 10-12 hour battery charge.

Number 5: Journalists

If you are an investigative journalist or a colorful feature writer, there is nothing to worry about for now. However, robots are already taking jobs away from primary report writers.

Artificial intelligence or AI has already generated a small amount of content most people read, and large media agencies have adopted it like Reuters. In 2015, the Associated Press partnered with an automation firm, and the number of earnings reports increased from 300 to 3,000 a month.

Associated Press stated that it not only saves money, but the machines make only fewer errors. While the skill of robots writing sports reports may have been exaggerated, AP really does use them to write Minor League Baseball reports that cover about 13 leagues and 142 teams.

Number 4: Medical Professional

More and more surgical robots are improving. Still, we need surgeons. An automated doctor can make a diagnosis by asking you to stick out your tongue. However, we still need real human doctors.

Automation, however, will widely improve the healthcare field using different algorithms to create diagnoses using quantifiable data. There are about 10,000 known human diseases in total, and such machines are now helping medical professionals to identify them.

Even hospitals all over the U.S. are using IBM Watson Health’s algorithmic magic to identify and diagnose cancer. Microsoft also boasted that they could cure cancer using artificial intelligence. In the meantime, researchers at Stanford University are currently working on algorithms to determine eye conditions by scanning a lot of images of eye ailments in just a second. For a human professional, it would take a matter of minutes to look at one picture.

Number 3: Construction

Have you met SAM? He’s the construction worker of the future.

The acronym means semi-automated mason, also known as a robot bricklayer. SAM is designed by Construction Robotics in the USA. It is a competent bricklayer that can follow building plans and put perfect rows of bricks.

It is equipped with sensors and algorithms that help in making sure the work is done right. To no surprise, its productivity is way better than that of humans. SAM can lay between 800 to 1,200 bricks a day, while humans are only capable of laying about 300 – 500 bricks per day. On the downside, SAM isn’t cheap. It costs about one million dollars per unit.

SAM isn’t the only robotic construction worker in the world. With Japan working with automated bulldozers right now, some construction companies may be using drones to tell them what to put down. The world of the construction bot is already at bay.

Number 2: Factory work

You do know a Chinese electronics manufacturer, Foxconn, has made your iPhone, right? It reported that they had to lay-off 60,000 workers because of automation.

These kinds of jobs that are repetitive tasks were the ones that went first. A viral video also came from China, which showed how a few orange parcel-sorting robots had already replaced humans in the sorting department. Almost 300 of these machines worked tirelessly for an 8-hour charge, and they were able to work about 21,000 square feet around the warehouse.

In an hour, they were able to sort 20,000 parcels together. They have helped STO Express but led them to cut down 70 percent of the workforce. During an interview, the Chinese creator of the robots said they could do five hours of human work in just three quick hours.

Number 1. All jobs

That’s right. From the office to finance to retail to construction, a lot more jobs are about to be automated right now.

The full automation of labor will take some time. Some of the world’s leading minds on automation at the Machine Intelligence Research Institute stated that there is an almost absolute 50% chance that robots will do most jobs in 120 years.

This is a far-out scenario, but who knows what we will come up with. The next step might be creating Artificial General Intelligence. It could be a virtual human that could plan, reason, joke, and even teach the nuances of history.

After that, there’s Artificial Superintelligence, which would be far smarter than any human. Some current A.I. experts believe that could be the end of days for us thinking flesh and blood creatures.

So, what do you think about automation? Is it the very thing the world needs right now, or is it the beginning of the end?

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